The second volume, Means of Ascent (1990), focused on Johnson’s elevation to the U.S. Senate in 1948. The key votes, in the Texas of that time, were those cast in the Democratic primary, since the defeat of the Republican was a mere formality. Johnson’s primary election opponent in 1948 was former Governor Coke Stevenson. Caro argues that Johnson’s defeat of Stevenson was blatant theft. Nonetheless, the Democratic state convention upheld Johnson’s victory, and he prevailed in the resulting litigation with some help from attorney Abe Fortas, a man he would in the fullness of time put on the U.S. Supreme Court.
TESTING: DO I HAVE THE SAME TROUBLES here as with the other blog? If not, one plausible hypothesis is that there is just too much in the other blog, and it may make sense to start from scratch.
The review in the form in which I sent it to Henry did not contain any material about Johnson's role in depletion allowance controversy. Hey. This is neat. I can type at will in this blog. So the problem must be overcrowding.
The message clearly was that Wall Street should show its own faith in and solidarity with Johnson, because he was going to save the system from the shadowy forces represented by the assassin.